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Labor was the first price, the original purchase -
by Adam Smith

Labor was the first price, the original purchase -
money that was paid for all things.
- Adam Smith

An instructed and intelligent people
are always more decent and orderly
than an ignorant and stupid one.
- Adam Smith

All money is a matter of belief.
- Adam Smith

No complaint...
is more common than that of a scarcity of money.
- Adam Smith

 

It is not from the benevolence of the butcher,
the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner,
but from their regard to their own interest.
- Adam Smith

Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.
- Adam Smith

Adventure upon all the tickets in the lottery,
and you lose for certain; and the greater the number
of your tickets the nearer your approach to this certainty.
- Adam Smith

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The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing
for another is common to all men,
and to be found in no other race of animals.
- Adam Smith

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

Happiness never lays its finger on its pulse.
- Adam Smith

To feel much for others and little for ourselves;
to restrain our selfishness and exercise our benevolent affections,
constitute the perfection of human nature.
- Adam Smith

On the road from the City of Skepticism,
I had to pass through the Valley of Ambiguity.
- Adam Smith

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health,
out of debt, and has a clear conscience?
- Adam Smith

I have never known much good done by those who affected
to trade for the public good.
- Adam Smith

With the greater part of rich people,
the chief enjoyment of riches consists in the parade of riches.
- Adam Smith

Resentment seems to have been given us by nature for a defense,
and for a defense only!
It is the safeguard of justice and the security of innocence.
- Adam Smith

Virtue is more to be feared than vice,
because its excesses are not subject to the regulation of conscience.
- Adam Smith

Defense is superior to opulence.
- Adam Smith

Great ambition, the desire of real superiority,
of leading and directing, seems to be altogether peculiar to man,
and speech is the great instrument of ambition.
- Adam Smith

Man is an animal that makes bargains:
no other animal does this -
no dog exchanges bones with another.
- Adam Smith

Humanity is the virtue of a woman, generosity that of a man.
- Adam Smith

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
- Adam Smith

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
- Adam Smith

Little else is requisite to carry a state to the highest
degree of opulence from the lowest barbarism but peace,
easy taxes, and a tolerable administration of justice:
all the rest being brought about by the natural course of things.
- Adam Smith

Poor David Hume is dying fast, but with more real cheerfulness
and good humor and with more real resignation to the
necessary course of things,
than any whining Christian ever dyed with pretended
resignation to the will of God.
- Adam Smith

Consumption is the sole end and purpose of all production;
and the interest of the producer ought to be attended to,
only so far as it may be necessary for promoting that of the consumer.
- Adam Smith

As soon as the land of any country has all become private property,
the landlords, like all other men, love to reap where they never sowed,
and demand a rent even for its natural produce.
- Adam Smith

The theory that can absorb the greatest number of facts,
and persist in doing so, generation after generation,
through all changes of opinion and detail,
is the one that must rule all observation.
- Adam Smith

Labour was the first price, the original purchase -
money that was paid for all things.
It was not by gold or by silver, but by labour,
that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.
- Adam Smith

The real and effectual discipline which is exercised
over a workman is that of his customers.
It is the fear of losing their employment which restrains
his frauds and corrects his negligence.
- Adam Smith

It is not by augmenting the capital of the country,
but by rendering a greater part of that capital active
and productive than would otherwise be so,
that the most judicious operations of banking can increase
the industry of the country.
- Adam Smith

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

It is only through labor and painful effort,
by grim energy and resolute courage,
that we move on to better things.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Genius is the power to labor better and more availably.
Deserve thy genius: exalt it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no labor a person does that is undignified;
if they do it right.
- Bill Cosby

The end of labor is to gain leisure.
- Aristotle

Manage the remarkable balance between acting
from your heart and close to your gifts
with completing the obligations
that your labor and tasks require of you.
Leverage opportunity AND seize joy.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

If all the cars in the United States were placed end to end,
it would probably be Labor Day Weekend.
- Doug Larson

I want to have children, but my friends scare me.
One of my friends told me she was in labor for 36 hours.
I don't even want to do anything that feels good for 36 hours.
- Rita Rudner

An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.
- James Whistler

Cats know how to obtain food without labor,
shelter without confinement, and love without penalties.
- W. L. George

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

Art begins with resistance - at the point where resistance is overcome.
No human masterpiece has ever been created without great labor.
- Andre Gide

Everything that is really great and inspiring
is created by the individual who can labor in freedom.
- Albert Einstein

All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance
and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What the country needs are a few labor-making inventions.
- Arnold H. Glasow

Like dogs in a wheel, birds in a cage,
or squirrels in a chain, ambitious men still climb and climb,
with great labor, and incessant anxiety,
but never reach the top.
- Robert Browning

Yet in this global economy, no jobs are safe.
High-speed Internet connections and low-cost,
skilled labor overseas are an explosive combination.
- Bob Taft

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Only with the tools of production in their own hands
could the workers ever hope to control their own lives
and receive the fruits of their labor.
- Ella R. Bloor

There is no real wealth but the labor of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

The man who has the will to undergo all labor may win to any good.
- Martin Luther

Don't be condescending to unskilled labor.
Try it for a half a day first.
- Brooks Atkinson

The essential act of war is destruction,
not necessarily of human lives, but of the products of human labor.
- George Orwell

If we can't begin to agree on fundamentals,
such as the elimination of the most abusive forms of child labor,
then we really are not ready to march forward into the future.
- Alexis Herman

By rendering the labor of one, the property of the other,
they cherish pride, luxury, and vanity on one side;
on the other,
vice and servility, or hatred and revolt.
- James Madison

The great advantage to labor arising out of co-operative
effort has been apparent to me for many years.
- Leland Stanford

True Americanism recognizes the enormous gravity of
the social and labor problems which confront us.
- Henry Cabot Lodge

Workers have kept faith in American institutions.
Most of the conflicts, which have occurred have been
when labor's right to live has been challenged and denied.
- John L. Lewis

Any one who believes that any great enterprise of an
industrial character can be started without labor must
have little experience of life.
- William Graham Sumner

Mr. Speaker, our Nation depends on immigrants' labor,
and I hope we can create an immigration system as dependable as they are.
- Luis Gutierrez

So May 4th in the labor movement has always been an important date.
- William Kunstler

The plays and sports of children are as salutary to
them as labor and work are to grown persons.
- Samuel Richardson

Money is the great tool through whose means labor and
skill become universally co-operative.
- Leland Stanford

Business, labor and civil society organizations have
skills and resources that are vital in helping to build
a more robust global community.
- Kofi Annan

May we soon enjoy the fruits of our labor in a peaceful and united Germany.
- Walter Ulbricht

There are as many jobs for younger Americans as there
are for other Americans of every age group in political campaigns.
Campaigns are very labor intensive and volunteer dependent.
- Marc Racicot

Undoubtedly a man is to labor to better his condition,
but first to better himself.
- William Ellery Channing

All wealth is the product of labor.
- John Locke

Well, we see an increasingly weaker labor movement
as a result of the overall assault on the labor movement
and as a result of the globalization of capital.
- Angela Davis

The ingredients of health and long life,
are great temperance, open air, easy labor,
and little care.
- Philip Sidney


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